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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2013 | By Joel Rubin and Robert Faturechi
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department apologized to anyone who might have been offended by a comedian's racist and off-color stand-up routine at a luncheon and said it will be "reviewed. " About 600 to 700 people, many in uniforms, attended the Sheriff's Day Luncheon, where comedian Edwin San Juan delivered a 30-minute performance that was filled with sexually explicit and racist humor, people in attendance said. "He managed to insult every ethnic group," said one attendee, who requested that his name not be used.
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BUSINESS
February 22, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Can a person's Facebook profile reveal what kind of employee he or she might be? The answer is yes, and with unnerving accuracy, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. And if you are smugly thinking to yourself, "I've carefully wiped my Facebook page of any incriminating photos, comments and wall posts," - well, it turns out you may still not have hidden your true nature from future employers: On a rating scale that examines key personality attributes that indicate future job success, you might get rated high in conscientiousness and possibly low on extroversion.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
The family of 23-year-old Micayla Medek went through an almost unimaginable emotional torture Friday. They knew she'd been wounded in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting shortly after midnight Thursday; her friends who'd accompanied her to “The Dark Knight Rises” told them as much. But it took nearly 20 hours after the gunman killed 12 people and wounded 58 others to get the awful news. Late Friday, they learned that Cayla, as they called her, was one of 10 people who died in the movie theater.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | By Paul Goff
We discovered the Ruin about 12 years ago when it was a small, abandoned stone house. We were hiking in Pioneertown's Pipes Canyon, and there it was, all by itself in a cove-like setting of boulders and desert plants and barely the remains of a road to get to it. We hiked back about a year after and the roof had been knocked in, or it had caved in after years of weather and neglect. A few months later, on another visit, we saw the western wall where the front door and window once stood were gone.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
Furniture maker Cliff Spencer's workshop in Marina del Rey is a long way from where Paul Vander Werf lives near Trona, northeast of Ridgecrest, Calif. In Trona, the area averages fewer than 4 inches of rain a year. The topsoil is high desert hard pan that bakes in summer and freezes in winter. When filmmakers want a location to convey a world without water, they go to Trona. Vander Werf moved to the high desert after 10 years in rainy Hawaii, so he wanted solutions to the difficult growing climate.
NEWS
June 11, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
At Resource Furniture, the newly opened Los Angeles store of the New York-based company, you don't have to be a Transformers-loving kid to appreciate the genius of the Poppi Book, a shelving unit that converts into a loft bed. The loft bed is just one of the space-saving products by the Italian design firm Clei available through Resource Furniture , which specializes in streamlined, multifunction storage and sleeping pieces for lofts, studios...
NEWS
July 9, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
Jamie Jamison remembers her early introduction to woad. She was on a road trip with her parents, stopping at a Stuckey's shop and seeing a tiny souvenir Navajo rug that illustrated where the natural dyes came from. She has her own now -- blues, greens and yellows, all grown from her yard. Yellow is easy. Even onion skins will make a usable yellow. Blue, however, is another story. For that she is growing woad, Isatis tinctoria , a member of the mustard family. Woad originated in southern Europe and western Asia.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Jason Aldean has apologized for inappropriate behavior with "American Idol" contestant Brittany Kerr - who's not his wife but is an NBA cheerleader - after photos of the country star smooching Kerr at a Sunset Strip bar earlier in the week went online Sunday. "The truth is that I screwed up," Aldean wrote on his Facebook page after the incriminating photos went live . "I had too much to drink, let the party get out of hand and acted inappropriately at a bar. I left alone, caught the bus to our next show and that's the end of the story.
WORLD
August 2, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos
AMMAN, Jordan -- With more than 80 posts and 30,000 followers, Syrian President Bashar Assad's Instagram account, opened just over a week ago, is the latest  example of the government's aggressive foray into social media during its more-than two-year war against armed rebels. Pro-rebellion citizen journalists have been a mainstay of the conflict since its beginning, flooding social media networks with videos and photographs that have been viewed, shared and tweeted around the world.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2010 | By Gregory Karp
The glob a Florida woman found in her daughter's Capri Sun juice pouch was not human tissue. It wasn't a frog, a cow eyeball or anything else quite as gross. It was mold, formed after air got into a damaged package, and it wasn't harmful, according to Kraft Foods Inc., maker of the drink. The unpleasant finding by Melissa Wiegand Brown went viral after she posted photographs of the oval, skin-like mass on her Facebook page, representing the power of the Internet. Reports of the monster mold spread via blogs and began to dominate Kraft's Facebook page, where some posters expressed not just horror at the photos but also outrage at what they perceived to be the company's slow response to the Memorial Day weekend issue.
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